Since then, the best in Dutch road racing has been: Theo van Geffen

Theo van Geffen – Gemmert 1972 | Photo © Theo Olvers

Dutch road racing champion last year, where did he go, what he does today and how he views the current road racing sport. Every week we bring you the best Dutch road races from last year in the ‘Best Dutch road races since’ section and ask them all a series of (same) questions. This week: Theo van Geffen.

Who is Theo van Geffen?

  • name: Theo Van Geffen
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  • Boy: November 12 1951
  • housing: Brakel
  • a partner: joke
  • Start a road racing career: 1967
  • Active in: 50 cc and 125 cc
  • Number of titles: 8 (5 x 50cc NMB, 1 x 50cc int., 1 x 125cc nat., 1 x 125cc int.)
  • The end of the road racing career: 1979
  • current occupation: retired و
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How did you deal with road racing back then?

From my father, who also used to do motorsports. (sidecarcross) My first personal touch was racing a moped in Woudrichem with a 3-speed Ducati.

Who is the driver who fought the best fights on the race track?

With Ed Loers at NMB and Cees van Dongen at KNMV.

Best motorcycle I’ve ever ridden and why?

My Kreidler with self-made frame 1974/1975. I liked it the most because it drove very well and did not cause any problems. and a 125cc Morbidelli with a Nico Bakker 1977 tire that also drove great.

What is your favorite track that you rode and why?

Old assen. This was due to the lack of power in the corners and the grip in the rain was also very good there. All this together made it the best path for me to drive.

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What’s the weirdest and funniest thing you’ve seen in a race?

My first NMB race in Heeswijk 1967. I was queuing for first practice and when I wanted to go on the track I was stopped. I was on the bike in my jeans… I was wearing a helmet, boots and gloves. This is not allowed, and rightfully so! I borrowed a leather suit from Harrie van der Kruijs for the second training. A little too big, but then I was allowed to train.

What is the best thing you learned from racing?

Lots of good and beautiful memories.

What did you do after your active road racing career?

He was with many drivers as a mechanic. I also worked at Yamaha where in 1987 we became the world champion in 125cc and in 1988 in a 250cc crossover with John vd Berk as driver.

Do you still exercise in any way?

No, not anymore.

Which current driver do you respect the most and why?

Marc Marquez, because he has a lot of physical problems and is trying to come back.

Who do you see as the greatest (currently active) road racing talent in the Netherlands and why?

Bo Bendsneyder, because he has a lot of talent and perseverance.

How do you view the current races, both nationally and internationally, from your experience?

It got very expensive with those four strikes. I would like to see the two-strokes again with the 50cc and 125cc. To let the little knights to learn to drive.

Wednesday 03-09-2022: Since then, the best Dutch road racing: not yet known.

suggestions?
Do you have a suggestion on the “best road racing since” that you think would fit right in for this category (ex-Dutch champion, Grand Prix – or WorldSBK driver or Dutch TT race participant, for example). Let us know at [email protected] In this email, please include the driver’s name and contact details where and how we can access this “road racing from behind at the time”.

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